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Courage Without Conscience Is A Wild Beast

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Courage Without Conscience Is A Wild Beast

  1. 1. “Courage without conscience is a wild beast.” —Robert Green Ingersoll Moral courage isn’t an esoteric branch of philosophy; it is the standing for what is right in the face of danger; as such it is the foundation of success or failure both in one’s personal life but also on the world stage in action that changes history. By standing up for our moral values as Medical Whistleblowers, we are now, in all reality, poised to change our nation. We have found through years of retaliation, endless case appeals, that our courage based in our moral values doesn’t always produce an immediate benefit. Our Medical Whistleblowers have been tested in the face of their families, their community, their professional colleagues, and even in front of their religious faith. It is in these choices that we find our moral values most tested.
  2. 2. As we feel more threatened in our own security, the sense of commitment to such moral values as compassion and fairness may then go out the window. Humans, we are told are primarily self-interested and will choose their own security and safety and their own need for resources as their primary goal. Maslow’s hierarchy of needs takes over. Self preservation insists that we secure the necessities for our own life before we can act on our values. This is why an attack on our very ability to survive, tests our moral courage and builds in us a solidarity and a commonality of values which we have learned to put above our own needs. So by definition, someone with true moral courage must have been tested to the level at which he/she feared for his/her ability to survive. This is the very definition of the kind of trauma that causes the soul wounding we have learned to call Post Traumatic Stress. Perhaps there is no one who is truly a hero who has not faced this personal challenge and possible personal failure. This is what defines those who truly have the moral compass to lead us. Those, who when given the podium or the cloak of authority, use the power it instills, to instead gain advantage for themselves, are not the morally courageous. Instead there is a self sacrifice necessary to demonstrate
  3. 3. moral courage, a willingness to put oneself at risk so that others may be protected and enjoy the human values we all expound. Notoriety is not necessary for the principle of moral courage to be evident, and the characteristic of human courage is seen in one’s family life, one’s workplace as well as the national or world stage. There seem to be three defining principles of moral courage - a commitment to the deeply held values or principles, the wiliness to brave danger necessary to present those principles to others, and endurance in the face of that danger. In some of our moral choices we face the choice between good and evil, but we may also face the choice between two different competing values such as compassion vs. fairness. When faced with difficult decisions in the medical community, we are asked about our cohesion to the peer group, our need for professional acceptance, our need for financial security and reward, our loyalty to friends and colleagues, and our adherence to the established hierarchy of dominance and control. When we uphold moral principles as higher than these other
  4. 4. values, we are facing choices of one good versus another. It is in this arena that we hone our greatest understanding of what is truly important to us. Many who have been great heroes have sacrificed other important goals in their own lives, in order to make one goal preeminent. Not all of us can withstand this kind of testing, often we become strangers to those who felt they knew us, often we gain new comrades along the way who share our passion for the principles we uphold. Never is the journey without sacrifice. It is in the nature of the sacrifice that we define ourselves. “You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say, “I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.” ...You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” —Eleanor Roosevelt
  5. 5. For Further Spiritual Support for Whistleblowers: Email or Write to Dr. Janet Parker DVM Executive Director Medical Whistleblower P.O. Box C Lawrence, KS 66044 MedicalWhistleblower@gmail.com Please indicate your faith so that we can tailor support services appropriate to your Faith belief. Medical Whistleblower provides advocacy, emotional, social and spiritual support to all regardless of religious faith, national origin, disability, sex, sexual orientation, race, creed, or color. Therefore we do not take a religious viewpoint but instead reach out in an interfaith non-creedal manner to everyone regardless of spiritual background or faith belief. Medical Whistleblower believes that inner spiritual strength and religious spiritual support is necessary for those who are courageous enough to “Tell Truth to Power.” We support you in whatever faith belief that you find meaningful.